Food in town
It's been confirmed that IBC will move out of Civic Centre to a new HQ in
Russell Road, opposite the County Council's Endeavour House. If, as
expected, the police station and the old Crown Court buildings are also
demolished, there will be a big site for redevelopment on the west side of
the town centre. Rumour has it that Waitrose have renewed their interest in
building here, and there's been a separate comment that we could have "one
of the largest intown food stores in the eastern region." Despite the
increased traffic, such a scheme should boost the town centre and perhaps
begin a swinging back of the pendulum after the massive shift to out-of-town
food shopping in the 1980s.
Yates and yobs
The Yates Group has been praised for cutting out the "all-you-can-drink"
offers. Let's hope others follow suit. It might start to make a difference
to the British "drink problem" and drunken vandalism in particular. It used
to be argued that the late night drinking scene at least brings more wealth
into the town. Perhaps so, but that's no consolation to innocent shop owners
whose windows are smashed or householders whose garden walls are pushed
over. One of the joys of holidaying overseas is that it happens much less
there, if at all.
At the end of the road?
Yes, it is at the end of Broom Hill Road, but is Broornhill pool in a worse
situation than that? IBC has decided not to pursue making an application for
funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. But they do say they'd like to see
the pool re-opened. How?
Bags for bins
The Society is not alone in criticising the way that wheelie bins are often
left out on pavements, sometimes long after collection times. IBC StreetCare
Service will issue sacks instead where householders have not responded to
requests to move bins. Smaller bins -which may be requested - may also
better suit some homes. Again, this is a national problem - an unfortunate
downside of good intentions - and especially problematic with small terraced
All pleasure and no business
Pauls Malting officially closed on 30 November. This was the last industrial
use of the northern quays of the Wet Dock, the sort of industry for which
the dock was dug. Sad, but no good lamenting such changes: they've happened
everywhere. But our great Victorian engineers have unwittingly left us
facilities for pleasure craft, and a wonderful setting for the mixed
development of the quaysides which the Society, and probably most people,
would like to see. Now it's up to the developers and the planners to ensure
that what is built is worthy of the legacy of Victorian vision and ambition.
The future of Isaac Lord's
It was reassuring to learn that when Ipswich Society members Stuart and Gina
Cooper sold the Isaac Lord's premises (three times winners of Society
Awards) they had sold them to an equally conservation minded individual.
Adrian Coughlan founded Anglian Telecom in Handford Road in 1984. We
understand that he wishes to carry forward the business plans developed by
the Coopers, which include a restaurant in the long warehouse and little
shop units in the courtyard behind the Malt Kiln. The Society wishes Mr
Coughlan well in his endeavours to re-establish Isaac Lord's premises as one
of the premier businesses in town.
"Welcome to Ipswich"
Some of the Christmas lights in 2004 were a welcome change from the
repetitive garlands of old. There were new "welcome" signs outside the Co-op
in Carr Street and in Upper Brook Street and the top of Westgate Street.
Congratulations to Ipswich Partnership and IBC's Community Improvements
Steering Group for making them shine.